Archive for January, 2014

Happy Chinese New Year!

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 @ 17:17 News

Happy Chinese New Year 2014

Downbelow staff love to celebrate… anything! Chinese New Year is here and all the Head Office staff at KK Times Square are wearing red shirts to usher in a lucky year!

Downbelow wishes all of our Chinese friends a healthy and prosperous Chinese New Year!

May the year of the Horse bring us good luck and good fortune!

‘Work for a Career’ like Danny Boy at Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC dive centre!

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 @ 16:45 News, Professional Diving Internships


The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program is conducted by one of our full time PADI Instructors Vic and his students are a client from Hong Kong and our new Trainee Danny.

Danny is under our community program, ‘Work for a Career’ created by Downbelow. Within his 1-year contract, Danny is given the opportunity to begin and progress his dive education up to the first professional scuba diving rating PADI Divemaster! Danny’s PADI Instructor, Vic, started his professional dive career through the program too, and like Vic, Danny may reach to PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and live the diving dream!

Danny will have a once in a lifetime experience that he may not have otherwise through our ‘Work for a Career’ program. There will be a lot of hard work needed from Danny, and it will be worth it to eventually have the opportunity to discover his passion of scuba diving through travel and work; in other words, the dive lifestyle!

All Trainees at our premium PADI 5 Star IDC dive centre must participate in PADI Discover Scuba Diving, which is a 1-day program. The morning session will consist of a briefing and followed by an introduction to scuba diving skills in a confined shallow water environment. This will be conducted in the calm lagoon directly in front of our beach house. After the skills, Vic will assess the comfort level of his students and the dive conditions before guiding them on a tour of the amazing underwater world! The first open water dive for any diver is fascinating to say the least.

Danny will treasure the memory as he works his way through the PADI system of dive education and become a PADI professional!

Go PRO Instructor Development Course interns assist on PADI Discover Scuba Diving!

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 @ 10:28 IDC, News


A big group of clients visit our premium PADI 5 Star IDC beach house at Gaya Island today to participate in the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program!

Our Instructor Development Course (IDC) interns assist for the invaluable experience from the exposure to real life diving situations.

As part of our Go PRO internship programs, professional candidates develop by experiencing the real dive lifestyle and observing the operations of our dive centre. Employers seek experienced PADI professionals because the education of diving is through real diving and not simulated role-playing.

During a PADI Discover Scuba Diving program, our IDC interns will understand how to conduct the experience program with particular focus on diver safety.

To begin with, a briefing is given on such topics as, the skills that must be mastered in the confined water session, diving practices relating to body positioning and movement, water pressure and physical effects of diving.

Some simple skills must be performed by the students, for the PADI Instructor to assess the divers’ comfort level and decide whether to progress the program to the first open water dive. The PADI Instructor will not only brief his students, but also his assistant on what is expected from an assistant, which is to support the Instructor in the supervision and control of student divers’ during all dive activities.

At Downbelow, safety is the highest priority and we maintain our high standard on diver safety by emphasizing its importance through our approach to diver training.

Our Go PRO interns will be prepared thoroughly to successfully complete their IDC and progress to become candidates for the Instructor Exam (IE) and qualify to live the diving dream as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor!

Talk to one of our friendly and helpful staff at our Head Office in KK Times Square to discuss what options we offer with our Go PRO internships to suit your specific needs. We will prepare you an internship program that includes living the diving dream!

Fun product training in the Downbelow Times Square Head Office!

Monday, January 27th, 2014 @ 10:58 News


At Downbelow, our customer service is routinely praised and to maintain this high standard we conduct role-playing activities to exercise product knowledge and follow current trends within our target market.

Sabah is a melting pot of diversity within its many cultures and natural beauty! There are so many attractions for visitors to enjoy and the choices can be overwhelming. We offer a variety of packages, which range from educational to luxury resort accommodation at world-class diving destinations.

Our travel consultants are highly experienced in all of our products and their knowledge of the various packages we offer will ensure your holiday will be a memorable one!

As part of our commitment to customer service, our travel packages also include the arrangement of necessities such as accommodation and transport for your convenience.

Whether your choice of holiday activities is to relax on a beach or an adrenalin-fuelled sport, we can arrange an itinerary to build your perfect Borneo adventure!

Get in touch with one of our Head Office staff in KK Times Square to discuss your Borneo adventure!

No Questions Too Many For Us

Monday, January 27th, 2014 @ 10:12 Guestbook

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking all our considerations in account to plan a perfect honeymoon. You have been consistently thorough and prompt in all your replies and I am extremely grateful for your patience. My fiance does indeed tell me I have too many questions! This has especially been the case when you have gone over and above your duties to provide me with information on Borneo safety warnings and flight transfers. We value your high level of customer service and hope you will pass our comments onto the management team.

Once again, thanks for all of your help thus far. We look forward to embarking upon our honeymoon adventure with you!

Yours sincerely,

Marie Pang

Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann welcomes new IDC candidates!

Friday, January 24th, 2014 @ 17:16 News


Instructor Development Course (IDC) candidates, Julien, Wai and Tyler are introduced to PADI teaching tools by Downbelow’s resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann!

During the next week, the IDC candidates will be participating in sessions of pre-IDC preparation to benefit their knowledge development for the IDC, which starts January 27th.

The pre-IDC prep is complimentary sessions included within our Go PRO internship programs, which Richard and the Downbelow Go PRO team conduct before the beginning of the IDC.

Our next IDC will be starting on January 27th and the week prior to the start date is filled with sessions of pre-IDC preparation so that the IDC candidates will feel much more prepared.

The highly experienced and full time Downbelow PADI Instructor Trainers of the Go PRO team is committed to supporting the candidates to succeed at their Instructor Examinations (IE). The pre-IDC prepares the candidates for the IDC, and the IDC prepares them for their IE! Our attention and support of their success will be constant throughout and even after they are fully certified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors!

The pre-IDC preparation is complimentary for those IDC candidates who are on a Downbelow Go PRO internship program, which we cater to suit the needs of the individual client, you!

How soon until you yourself are living the diving dream? As soon as you enquire one of our experienced Head Office staff to consult with you on how to Go PRO!

Learn PADI Open Water course at Gaya Island Borneo!

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 @ 09:54 News, Professional Diving Internships


Downbelow PADI Instructor Vic is teaching the PADI Open Water course to our clients on holiday from Australia!

One of our Go PRO interns Danielle, is assisting Vic with the conduct of his program. As part of Danielle’s internship program, she will follow the course in its entirety for the full real life scuba diving experience. This will be invaluable experience when she begins the Instructor Development Course (IDC), which is starting on January 27th.

Throughout the PADI Open Water course, each in-water session must be given a briefing on what skills will be performed and the organisation. Danielle, who recently completed her PADI Divemaster, will provide any assistance Vic will need in the conduct of various skills. In particular, Danielle must show a high level of supervision, for example, when one of the students is not being given Vic’s direct attention because another student is performing a skill.

Vic’s students will increase their knowledge about scuba diving over their 3-day course, but there is always more to learn. Danielle can relate to a divers’ natural inclination to continue their education.

Danielle, like all of our full time PADI Instructors at Downbelow, certified as PADI Open Water divers and progressed to become PADI professionals. Soon, IDC candidates will find themselves learning how to teach others’ how to dive!

Our Go PRO team of Instructor Trainers is committed to maintaining our high standard of scuba diving education and training and no doubt Danielle and the other IDC candidates will be prepared for their Instructor Examinations at the end of the course to be fully qualified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors!

Enjoy your journey to living the diving dream, Danielle!

Contact us at our Head Office at Kota Kinabalu Times Square to discuss what programs we offer! Whether you are a recreational diver or already a professional diver, we can arrange a program to suit your needs, so that you too may live the diving dream!

January/February IDC candidate Tyler assists Downbelow PADI Instructor for experience

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 @ 09:45 IDC, News


Tyler recently arrived on our shores at Gaya Island to become a PADI Instructor and live the diving dream!

He’s wasting no time at all and immersing himself in the PADI standards and real life diving experiences by assisting one of our full time, experienced PADI Instructors, Pablo.

Pablo is conducting the Discover Scuba Diving program for his clients at our Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC dive centre and briefs his students the skills of their first confined dive, which will be in a shallow area because it’s their first time ever on scuba! Pablo, with the assistance of Tyler, will ensure it’s a memorable experience for all participants!

As part of one of our Downbelow internship programs, Tyler will be observing the decisions Pablo makes during the clients’ program. And during which, Pablo will use his sound judgment as a PADI professional to provide his students’ the level of comfort they need for them to successfully complete their performance requirements.

Pablo will guide Tyler on the Discover Scuba Diving program within the PADI Instructor Manual, which will be most valuable. Once Tyler begins the Instructor Development Course (IDC), his knowledge development will increase because he will be able to relate the information to a practical experience!

Experience is so important in scuba diving education and our internship programs for professional scuba diving courses include real life scenarios for the ultimate professional diving experience!

Contact us to find out more information about our many internship programs. Our Head Office is based near Kota Kinabalu City Centre at KK Times Square, where our very helpful and friendly staff will design a program to best suit your needs of becoming a PADI Instructor!

International students from Vietnam visit Downbelow’s Gaya Island beach house!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 @ 16:50 News, Wild Borneo Expeditions


Our Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC beach house welcomes an awesome group of students from the British International School Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Wild Borneo Expeditions! Our full time staff of PADI professionals are with them for their entire snorkeling program today, for their safety as well pointing out the beautiful marine life!

The snorkeling program consists of two sessions for the students to experience the unique biodiversity of our tropical reefs in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.

Our guides are highly experienced in leading small and large groups, with safety always the highest priority. Their knowledge of marine biology is highly developed and they’re always happy to share it because they are passionate about marine life, particularly its conservation.

Conservation of our marine environment is a shared passion amongst PADI professionals and we are no exception. For all our clients who visit our Gaya Island beach house, it is most rewarding when they are made aware of an environmental concern.

During the snorkeling our group of students snorkeled and performed some skin diving and all the while not damaging any coral!

Our Downbelow beach house awaits the return of the marine enthusiasts’ next visit!

At Downbelow we are able to cater to small and very large groups for both snorkeling and scuba diving. Contact our Head Office in Kota Kinabalu Times Square to discuss a program for your needs when you want to visit us at Gaya Island!

Downbelow welcomes IDC candidate Wai

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 @ 16:44 IDC, News


Downbelow welcomes another candidate to our January/February Instructor Development Course (IDC) and he’s already been given his study materials well in advance to prepare!

Wai will be joining an excitingly diverse IDC, which starts on January 27th! The IDC candidates are of varying nationalities and this will be great for our Go PRO candidates to increase their experiences of communicating with different clients in their scuba diving career.

Our candidates must demonstrate commitment and hard work to succeed so there must be a lot of teamwork involved. Teamwork is expected from not only the IDC candidates, but the Go PRO team too.

Downbelow’s Go PRO team is led by Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann, and he and the Go PRO team will be guiding you with their own team work of internationally recognized dive instruction training.

At Downbelow, we schedule five Instructor Development Courses every year and each one is conducted before the scheduled dates of the PADI Instructor Examinations (IE) in Kota Kinabalu.

Our schedule includes extra days for additional preparation for the IE and our Go PRO team is available for your support. Richard will orientate IDC candidates to the IE and will provide any last advice to ensure your success.

Our Go PRO team looks forward to the success of our candidates at the IE to share the amazing moment of becoming a PADI Instructor and living the diving dream!

Talk to us about how we can help you to live your diving dream! Our Head Office staff will need some information from yourself, such as your qualification level, available time and what your future goals are. We will cater a program to suit your individual needs.